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Los Angeles Grand Theft Auto Attorney

Have You Been Accused of Stealing a Car?

Grand theft auto (GTA) is more than just a popular video game, it's a crime that could lead to years of prison time if not properly defended by an attorney. In Los Angeles, theft crimes are taken seriously and with such a strong car culture and care thefts are taken extremely seriously. The 405, 101, 110, 10 and other freeways are filled with the cars and trucks that take people to work, play, dinner, school, church and more. People in the city take this crime seriously, and so do the courts.

Grand Theft Auto Defined by Law

Under California law, grand theft auto is covered under Penal Code section 487(d)(1). It is also called motor vehicle theft and is defined as the act of stealing (or attempting to steal) any type of automobile. This includes cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trailers and even snowmobiles. There are over 1 million theft crimes of this nature every year in the United States, and countless throughout Los Angeles. A defendant may be charged with grand theft auto if they took a car with the specific intent to permanently deprive the owner of possession of the car.

These motor vehicles are sometimes stolen for people looking to use the cars themselves, but they are also stolen to be sold off as parts, to be sold overseas, to be simply destroyed and more. If a defendant took a car to a chop shop to be disassembled for car parts, then this would be sufficient evidence of an intent to permanently take possession of the car from the owner and grand theft auto charges could be filed. Another dangerous form of grand theft auto is known as carjacking, which is the taking a vehicle by force from its owner or operator.

Legal Defense Against Grand Theft Auto Charges

The key factor to prosecuting grand theft auto charges is intent to permanently take possession of the car from the owner. Therefore, in order to obtain a conviction, the prosecutor must prove this element of the crime. If the owner gave consent to take the car, then this would negate that element. If your criminal defense lawyer can provide evidence that the defendant did not intend to keep possession of the car permanently, that they had no specific deprive the owner of possession, but rather only intended to keep the car on a temporary basis, then this could also eliminate the element needed for a conviction.

Contact an Experienced Grand Theft Auto Defense Lawyer

At Eisner Gorin LLP, we have defended numerous people charged with Grand Theft Auto. Our criminal defense attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience, including many years spent in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Our knowledge of and experience with prosecutors, police, judges and juries is quite extensive, which helps our clients get the best defense possible for their crimes. Our law firm can make a big difference in the outcome of your case.

We are highly rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the best attorney ranking system in the nation, and are among the top 10% of law firms in the country according to this service. Our successful track record in defending theft crime speaks for itself. Call us today at 877-781-1570.

If you are facing accusations of stealing a car, contact a Los Angeles grand theft auto defense attorney to learn how we will aggressively fight your charges.